Human Trafficking Offences relate to the trafficking of people between national and international jurisdictions. There is a distinct difference between persons who are smuggled and those who are trafficked but the definitions can often cause confusion with the same set of circumstances resembling either. Smuggling is characterised by illegal entry only and international movement only, either secretly or by deception. The internationally recognised definition of Human Trafficking provides the full set of circumstances whereby it is deemed a person is suspected of committing a trafficking Offence.
The definition describes trafficking offences as including:
“… the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control of another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or removal of organs.”
In England and Wales, the law relating to trafficking is covered by The Modern Slavery Act 2015 which consolidates all legislation relating to Trafficking Offences and clarifies the law on Human Trafficking for all forms of exploitation. The 2015 Act came into force on 31 July 2015. A person commits an offence if they arrange or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to the Trafficked person being exploited. It also creates a number of other offences including committing any offence with the intention of Human Trafficking.
The penalties for Human Trafficking Offences range from up to twelve months’ imprisonment on a summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court or unlimited fine or a conviction on indictment at the Crown Court could mean a sentence of life imprisonment.
It is clear that the consequences of being convicted of such an offence can be devastating for you as well as your dependants and family. Ensuring you seek legal advice from Trafficking Offence experts will ensure that you have the most robust defence available to you.
The Law relating to Human Trafficking is extremely complex and far-reaching which is why it is vital that you avail of your rights to seek expert legal advice from specialists who can advise and assist you throughout the entire process.
You may have been approached by the police or other agencies for questioning regarding a Trafficking Offence, formally charged with a Trafficking Offence under The Modern Slavery Act 2015 or have been served Slavery & Trafficking Risk order due to being under suspicion that there is a risk you may commit a Slavery or Trafficking Offence. In any event, we strongly advise that you seek expert legal advice from Trafficking Offences Specialists at the earliest opportunity. Our highly experienced legal team are available 24/7 to advise and represent you on any Human Trafficking matter.
Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with Human Trafficking cases both under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which came into force on 31 July 2015 and those cases which pre-date the new legislation. We are adept at defending our clients both in large-scale multi-defendant and smaller, single defendant cases. We continue to represent accused persons in Human Trafficking cases as they continue to frequently emerge.
We have an excellent reputation in this area, often obtaining acquittals for our clients. We take every case extremely seriously and you can be assured that our approach to your case will be methodical and thorough, while keeping you informed and fully advised throughout.
We believe our success is down to our experience and determined approach. Preparation and an exemplary understanding of this complex area of law is key to defending Human Trafficking Offences.
The defence must diligently examine all the evidence submitted by the police and prosecution and gather their own evidence, especially from third parties and experts. Such evidence can help identify false statements, insufficient evidence and other problems with the reliability and credibility of the prosecution’s evidence.
Our lawyers fully appreciate how devastating allegations of Human Trafficking can be, their highly sensitive nature and all that is at risk. We treat you and your case with care in order to minimise the impact it has on your life and guarantee confidentiality throughout.
If you have been accused of committing a Human Trafficking Offence, contact Harris Solicitors without delay. If your matter is urgent and you need to speak to us outside office hours, please use our 24-hour contact numbers.
If you have been accused of a Trafficking Offence, don’t delay in seeking legal advice from our highly experienced team of Trafficking Offences Defence Lawyers. We understand what is happening to you and know how to help. We represent clients in Bradford, Yorkshire and the surrounding areas as well across the whole of England and Wales. We regularly represent clients in Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Rochdale, Bolton, Doncaster, Manchester, Bury, Blackburn, York and Harrogate.
You can contact our expert team of Trafficking Offence Defence Solicitors at our Bradford office in West Yorkshire on 01274 392177. We offer a free, initial, no obligation consultation and our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact us on 07872835267 or 07590289197 out with normal working hours.
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